Loose Cannons (1990 film)
|Directed by||Bob Clark|
|Produced by||Aaron Spelling
|Written by||Richard Christian Matheson
|Music by||Paul Zaza|
|Edited by||Stan Cole|
|Distributed by||TriStar Pictures|
Loose Cannons is a 1990 comedy film, written by Richard Matheson, Richard Christian Matheson, and Bob Clark, who also directed the film. The film is about a hard-nosed cop who is teamed up with a detective with multiple-personality disorder to uncover a long-lost Nazi sex tape, featuring Adolf Hitler, which would jeopardize the political future of the German chancellor-elect.
The film stars Dan Aykroyd, Gene Hackman, and Dom DeLuise. The theme song features vocals by Katey Sagal and Aykroyd. The film was released by Tri-Star Pictures on February 9, 1990 and, upon its release, was a critical and financial disaster, bringing in only $5.5 million worldwide on a $15 million budget.
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A film is found that features young German officer Kirk Von Metz (Robert Prosky) sleeping with Adolf Hitler. Years later, Von Metz is running for chancellor of West Germany and arranges for the murder of anyone who has seen the film. The killings take place in the Washington D.C. area, and police officers MacArthur Stern (Gene Hackman) and Ellis Fielding (Dan Aykroyd) are sent to investigate the crimes.
Ellis suffers from a multiple personality disorder, which is aggravated when he is confronted with violence. This results in several episodes where he blacks out and assumes the personalities of popular culture characters, including Popeye, Captain Kirk, and the Road Runner.
- Gene Hackman as Det. MacArthur "Mac" Stern
- Dan Aykroyd as Det. Ellis Fielding
- Dom DeLuise as Harry "The Hippo" Gutterman
- Ronny Cox as Bob Smiley
- Nancy Travis as Rebecca "Riva" Lowengrin
- Paul Koslo as Grimmer
- Dick O'Neill as Captain
- Robert Prosky as Kirk Von Metz
- Jan Triska as Steckler
- Leon Rippy as Weskit
- Robert Elliott as Monseigner
- David Alan Grier as Drummond
- S. Epatha Merkerson as Rachel
- Herb Armstrong as Cheshire Cat
- Robert Dickman as White Rabbit
The film was released on February 9, 1990 and grossed $2,239,830 on its opening weekend, ranking #5 at the box office. Its widest release was 1,214 theaters. At the end of its run, Loose Cannons grossed $5,585,154 worldwide. On a budget of $15 million, the film ended up a box office flop.
Loose Cannons received universally negative reviews from critics, and has been declared one of the worst films in the early 1990s. It currently has a rare 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 17 reviews. Vincent Canby, in his review of the film for The New York Times, stated: "Mr. Hackman and Mr. Aykroyd deserve much better. They really do. Each gives a thoroughly professional performance that is consistently undercut by the direction of Mr. Clark."  Variety stated that "Dan Aykroyd's dexterous multipersonality schtick is the only redeeming feature of this chase-heavy comedy."  Hal Hinson commented that "Hackman mostly just stands around watching Aykroyd run through his exertions with the look of a man who has something unspeakable on the sole of his shoe" in his review for The Washington Post. Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert gave the film a "Two Thumbs Down" vote on their TV show, and called it "the cop-buddy comedy that hits new lows in an undisputed field."
In May 2013, Calgary Police investigated after footage from the film was found in a landfill by a worker, who mistook it for evidence of an actual murder. It was later noticed that Aykroyd was in the frame, and the police contacted his agent who, after some searching, stated that it was a section from this movie. TMZ reported that after the incident Aykroyd said, "The movie should have been left in the landfill where it belongs."
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